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Workshops at the Conference Center, August 2017

Groups marked with an * are open to the public. Contact those groups if you are interested and would like to participate in their program at Wildacres Retreat.


August 3 - 9

Workshop attendeesThe Greater Carolinas Association of Rabbis (GCAR) is an intra-rabbinic fellowship of ordained rabbis living around the US, Canada, and Israel, and coming from the Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, Traditional, and other Jewish movements. The GCAR has led a unique week-long family seminar at Wildacres since 1951.  

Join us this summer as our scholar, Rabbi Amy Eilberg, will be presenting: Pursuing Peace and Justice in a Divided World. The kallah program includes family activities and local entertainment, in addition to meaningful prayer, beautiful surroundings, and amazing camaraderie. 

More information about the scholar, schedule, and registration can be found at http://tinyurl.com/GCARkallah2017.

website: http://gcarwildacres.com/

email: gcarwildacres@gmail.com

phone: 843.716.0719

Drawing on Metal with Deb Karash*Metal jewelry
August 3 - 9

Whether you want to add color to your jewelry or add a little something different to your bookmaking or other creative practice, you will enjoy this 5 day workshop. Class will cover the application of colored pencil to copper along with some fabrication techniques to put your new skill to use.

Contact Deb at dkjewelry@msn.com for registration details.

email: dkjewelry@msn.com

Write Wild at Wildacres*
August 10 - 13

Participants in Write Wild class sit at a long table and write.Write Wild equals “Do It Your Way!” Stimulating prompts guarantee new directions of thought, plus you get feedback from the group. Sessions are great fun, led by writer/freelance editor Barbara Kidd Lawing. See more info at barbaralawing.com. Limited to 10 participants.

Total fee $350; of this amount, a $50 deposit holds your spot. Make check to Barbara, mail to her at 6211 Jim Kidd Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078

Sicha Shabbaton in the Mountains*
AUGUST 10 - 13

Group photo of workshop participants.DREAMS: Image and Imagination

High in the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounded by spectacular views, you will experience a lively Shabbat weekend including small group discussions, prayer services, nature walks, mountain music, and relaxation time on the Wildacres porch! Join us for a weekend of learning and dreaming led by Rabbi Steven Sager, Director of Sicha.

Registration begins April 1, 2017.

Information and a look at our spectacular Shabbaton video can be found at https://sichaconversation.org/shabbaton-in-the-mountains/shabbaton-2017.

website: www.sichaconversation.org

email: sichaconversation@gmail.com

phone: 919-475-1056

B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism*
Outdoor lectureAUGUST 14 - 17

Now in its 70th year, the B'nai B'rith Institute of Judaism provides an opportunity for the individual to confront, explore, and clarify questions about Judaism in an individual, national, and global context. Our faculty provides four lectures daily, and there is entertainment each evening. Additional activities include patio discussions with the faculty, religious services, athletic pursuits such as hiking and tennis, enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or just relaxing.

Online Brochure: www.bnai-brith.wixsite.com/wildacres

email: bcarr@ipass.net

phone: 919.781.4207

Camp Doremi - Shape Note Singing*
People singing.AUGUST 17 - 20

Camp DoReMi is an old-fashioned singing school experience to learn to sing shape note music, a style of a cappella music that has been used in American congregational singing since the early 1800s. The camp is 3 days of classes in the basic rudiments of reading music in seven shapes and other topics relating to the art of shape note singing. There are nightly shape note singings that are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, please visit our website
or contact Jane Spencer.

website: doremicamp.org

email: jcspencer59@gmail.com

phone: 706.410.0982

Carolina Blue Ridge Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
August 18 - 20

Our weekend retreat brings together oncology nurses from throughout the southeast. This will be our 20th annual retreat, with the last thirteen being at Wildacres. In addition to having a speaker and offering continuing education credits, we offer yoga, massage, and evening entertainment. Our goal is to give attendees an opportunity to relax, rejuvenate, and network with other nurses. For more information, please contact Pearl Abernathy.

website: blueridge.vc.ons.org/announcements

email: pearl.abernathy@msj.org

Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies*
AUGUST 21 - 27

Jeweler at work.The SFMS sponsors four Gem, Jewelry and Mineral workshops each year. Three of these workshops are held at Wildacres. This is our 41st year of Wildacres workshops. Our classes this year include some traditional classes such as Chain-Maille, Cold Conections, Beading, Metalwork Special Projects, Wirecraft, Silver Casting, Gourd Workshop as well as some new and interesting classes in Gem Trees, Metalsmithing for Juniors, Stone and Woodcarving, Raku Pottery and Meteorite Symposium. Danny Griffin will present his popular Chasing & Repoussé and Casting, our two most popular classes from last year. All instructors are volunteers who are not paid for the highly skilled and professional experience that they bring to the workshops.

Our workshop website SFMSworkshops.com contains schedules, class descriptions, instructor bios, registration forms, and the latest information on class availability.

We look forward to seeing you at one of our workshops this year. They are really a lot of fun and the education opportunities are excellent.

website: SFMS Workshops

e-mail: Rosemary van Wandelen

phone: 386-479-1509

Creative Sculpture with Judy Mooney, Mac McCusker and Glo Coalson*
AUGUST 21 - 27

SculptureThis workshop will provide the resources for you to explore and discover how to create the sculpture you have been dreaming about. You will learn to use different materials and techniques to make your clay stronger and achieve things you never thought possible.

This week is about helping you accomplish your goals. Bring your ideas and dreams and be ready to sculpt. Your sculpture can be people, animals or your own inspiration. You will work from photographs, sketches or whatever inspires you. This workshop is designed for all skill levels and each artist will receive individualized instruction specific to their project.

For more information:

email: judymooney@bellsouth.net

phone: (912) 713-3543

Charlotte Woodcarvers Club Wood Sculpting Week*
AUGUST 21 - 27

Wood carvings.The Charlotte North Carolina Woodcarvers Club will have two instructors teaching 2 separate classes the week of August 21st, 2017.

The first class will be Caricature Carving with Ron Dowdy. Ron is a nationally known, award winning caricature carver and member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA). He is from Sanford, NC. Arrive at Wildacres on Monday, August 21st around 12:30 in the afternoon. Class will begin Monday at 1:00pm and end Thursday afternoon. Ron will bring blanks or rough-outs of projects to work on. Some carving experience is recommended, but beginners are welcome. Bring your own tools if you have them. Paint will be supplied. We will accept up to 12 students for this class.

Our second class will be on caricature carving with nationally known carver and instructor Mitch Cartledge from Morganton, NC. Mitch is a native North Carolinian and also a member of the CCA. This will be Mitch's 6th year teaching for us at Wildacres. He will bring blanks or rough-outs of carvings he will be teaching. Class will begin Friday morning, August 25th and end the afternoon of Sunday August 27th. Students are expected to bring their own tools. Accepting up to 12 students for this class.

Take either one or both classes. Any spots not taken by Charlotte Woodcarvers Club members will be open to others on April 1st. Contact Rod Gatlin for cost and more information at 704-529-1748 or info@charlottewoodcarvers.com.

SOLATIDO: A Southern Singer/Songwriters Workshop*
August 28 - September 1View of Wildacres grounds.

An informal retreat with group sessions on various aspects of lyric and music writing. Bring your instruments and your ideas and get busy in a very cordial environment. Participants perform at the end of the week and the session is recorded for a CD.

For more information, please contact Georgann Eubanks.

website: solatido-workshop.net

email: GE@minnowmedia.net

Alliance for Continued Learning
ETSU, Senior Scholars and Wildacres*

AUGUST 28 - September 1Senior scholars arrive.

East Tennessee State University's Alliance for Continued Learning program invites you to attend the twenty-second annual retreat. This year's dates are Monday, August 28 (after 4pm) through Friday, September 1 (ending after breakfast).

For the 2017 program, the Alliance for Continued Learning presents Johnny Molloy, author and outdoorsman. Molloy will present a series of outdoor related instructional and informative sessions covering topics pertinent to the outdoors in general and the Southern Appalachians in particular.

Click on the link below for detailed information and an application.

2017 Brochure and Application

email: wildacres@wildacres.org

phone: 828.756.4573

Rocking chairs on patio.TABLE ROCK WRITERS WORKSHOP*
August 28 - September 1

This intensive workshop for writers at all levels features small group sessions in fiction, nonfiction and memoir. Generous instructors and noncompetitive environment. We are in residence with a group of singer/songwriters who share their writing and come to our readings.

email: GE@minnowmedia.net

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